Thousands take off on the Walk for Hunger.|Project Bread1/3 Thousands take off on the Walk for Hunger.|Project Bread
Walks make their way along Commonwealth Avenue for the 2014 Walk for Hunger.2/3 Walks make their way along Commonwealth Avenue for the 2014 Walk for Hunger.
About 43,000 people took part in Sunday’s Walk for Hunger.|Nicoalus Czarnecki, Metro3/3 About 43,000 people took part in Sunday’s Walk for Hunger.|Nicoalus Czarnecki, Metro
Tens of thousands of people turned out on Sunday and marched through Boston and beyond to raise money and awareness about hunger.
About 43,000 people participated in Sunday's Walk for Hunger, according to organizers. Initial estimates show that the fundraiser reached its goal of raising $3.5 million. The money helps supports food pantries, meal programs, school nutrition initiatives and other local efforts.
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Walkers made their way from Boston into Brookline, Watertown, Newton and Cambridge for the effort. Project Bread's annual event is the oldest, continual one-day pledge walk in the country, organizers said. This year marked the 46th Walk for Hunger.
"Last year, the Walk faced many challenges, closely following the Boston Marathon. Today, people returned to the Walk in droves, coming together as one community and making a powerful statement about a shared commitment to helping others. Their efforts today will have a significant impact in creating programs that interrupt the cycle of food insecurity," said Ellen Parker, Project Bread's executive director, in a statement.
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